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one month to go before the presidential elections, and both candidates are trying to fire up their supporters. >> we cannot afford to be complacent and we cannot afford to be cynical. >> i'll bring us back. i will get us back on track. i will keep america strong with strong values and strong homes. sandusky speaks. disgraced football coach jerry sandusky proclaims his innocence as a judge prepares to sentence him for sexually abusing children. >> in my heart, i know i did not do these alleged disgusting acts. and spreading outbreak. a ninth death is reported in the meningitis outbreak. health officials say thousands of people may have been exposed to the disease. captioning funded by cbs good morning, everybody.
good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. mitt romney continues tone joy a polling boost from his strong debate performance. the obama campaign reveals a new commercial today focusing on romney's pledge to cut funding for public broadcasting. both candidates head to the heartland. tara is in washington with more on all of this. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you. negative ads are blanketing the airwaves in those key swing states, including one featuring big bird, which ridicules mitt romney after he said it's not worth borrowing money from china to fund among other things pbs. today both candidates are back out there burning up the campaign trail. president obama is urging supporters to get almost obsessive about his re-election. >> so i need you in this election the next 29 days. we cannot afford to be complacent. >> reporter: the president
wrapped up a california fundraising blitz in san francisco. he asked donors to send e-mails and make phone calls to people in swing states who will decide the election. >> we have to understand that we've got a lot more to do, and if we don't do it, then change won't happen. >> reporter: republican nominee mitt romney heads to middle america today for more campaign rallies. last week's debate re-energized his campaign, and now he has the numbers to prove it. in a pew research center poll last month, romney trailed president obama by eight points, 51% to 43%. but a new poll taken after the presidential debate last week shows him ahead now by four points, 49% to 45%. >> and people wonder why it is i'm so confident we're going to win. i'm confident because i see you here on a day like this, this is unbelievable, thank you so much. >> reporter: romney campaigned in the pouring rain monday in virginia, asking for votes and slamming the president's record.
>> he plans on four more years like the last four years, i don't think we can afford four more years like the last four years. >> reporter: both romney and president obama will campaign in ohio today, a key battleground state that many believe could make or break victory for either candidate. and there are 18 electoral votes up for grabs in ohio. early voting is already under way. >> here we go. tara, thank you so much. controlling the deficit is one of the key issues of campaign 2012. this week, a group of bipartisan senators is meeting in virginia to try to keep the nation from falling off the so called fiscal cliff. the group of eight senators, four republicans and four democrats, is expected to meet for three days to try and reach a deficit reduction proposal that's acceptable to congress and the president. the fiscal cliff refers to budget control measures scheduled to take effect at year's end, including tax increases and spending cuts. today attack now on the u.s. consulate in libya. one of the men responsible for
the security of u.s. diplomatic in libya said he knew there were security issues there long before the deadly attack in benghazi. he's scheduled to testify tomorrow. sheryl atkinson has his story. >> reporter: lieutenant colonel andrew wood last set foot in libya in february to elite a security team with expertise in counterterrorism. from the moment he arrived, he says he saw chaos. >> shooting instances occurred. many instances involving the local security guard force that we were training there. constantly there was battles going on between militias. >> reporter: wood met daily with ambassador christopher stevens to discuss security. was he concerned about security? >> he was. he was constantly concerned about the threats to not just himself, but the entire staff there. >> reporter: was there what you saw as a visible security drawdown during the period of time you were in libya? >> yes. and it began just shortly after i arrived. there was pressure to reduce the
number of security people there. >> reporter: pressure from where? >> higher headquarters at state department. >> reporter: over six months leading up to the attack on ambassador stevens, woods says the security situation in libya deteriorated. there were 13 threats or attacks in tripoli and benghazi. wood says ambassador stevens and his staff made the case for tightened security in e-mails and diplomatic cables, but one by one, lost three state department security teams, their only airplane and eventually woods' squad, too. did ambassador stevens or the regional security officer fight losing another team? >> yes. >> reporter: do you feel like there was a disconnect between what you saw on the ground and what the state department folks in washington thought was going on in libya? >> there was certainly no disconnect in our transfer of information to them. they were getting the information on the situation on the ground. >> reporter: how did you get the word that your team would not be allowed to stay? >> we knew that was coming through the cables and the draft
cables that were going back and forth. the requests were being modified to say don't even request for dod support. >> reporter: so state department was telling the folks on the ground in libya don't continue to ask for this help? >> correct. >> reporter: woods says in his opinion some of the security teams would have been in benghazi on september 11 to help the state department bodyguards if they had been allowed to remain in libya. does part of you wonder if the security request had been granted, those deaths could have been avoided? >> yes. yes, i do. i think about that. i spend a lot of time thinking about that. >> the state department tells cbs news that the withdrawal of the security support team from libya had "no impact whatsoever on the total number of fully trained american security personnel in libya overall or in benghazi specifically." the suspected mexican drug king pen linked to the murder of
david hartley has been captured. hartley and his wife were jet skiing in september of 2010, he was shot in the head and fell in the water. salvador escobedo was arrested on several crimes, including masterminding several prison breaks. hartley's wife says she wants information, including information about her husband's remains. jerry sandusky convicted of molesting ten boys will be sentenced this morning. sandusky and several of his victims plan to speak at that hearing. last night, sandusky released a statement that aired on a pennsylvania radio station. randall pinkston reports. >> reporter: jerry sandusky is speaking out from his jail cell on the eve of his sentencing. >> they can take away my life, they can make me out as a monster, but i know i did not commit these disgusting acts. >> reporter: he recorded a
three-minute statement aired on the penn state radio station. sandusky was convicted on 45 child sex charges but he insists he did nothing wrong. >> the young man was a dramatic veteran accuser, started everything. he was joined by a well orchestrated effort of the media, investigators, the system, penn state, psychologists, civil attorneys and other accusers. they won. >> reporter: sandusky said the court system did not give his legal team adequate time to mount a defense. he's expected to say much of the same when he speaks in court tuesday. >> he wants to let everybody know that he still maintains his innocence and that he's going to fight for a new trial. >> reporter: but sandusky won't be the only voice in court. several of sandusky's victims are expected to make statements at his sentencing hearing, including the young man known as victim number five. >> my client knows what happened in that shower back in 2001. >> reporter: sandusky faces a maximum of 442 years in prison and is expected to spend the rest of his life behind bars.
he says he plans to appeal. randall pinkston, cbs news, bellefonte, pennsylvania. coming up, an update on the meningitis outbreak. it may have claimed another life overnight as the number of potential victims grows to thousands. and later, free fall record. an extreme sky driver gets set for a 23-mile-high leap. crazy, huh? this is the "morning news." high leap. crazy, huh? this is the "morning news." u. that's why i'm knocking things off my to-do list. vitamin d, done! hand sanitizer, done! hey, eric! i'm here for my flu shot. sorry, didn't make an appointment. well, you don't need one. whether it's flu shots or prescriptions, we continue to accept express scripts and medco plans. i'm bonnie, and this is my cvs.
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the meningitis outbreak may have claimed its ninth victim. the cdc reports that the contaminated steroid shots may have been given to 13,000 people in 23 states. a hospital in tennessee reported the death late monday, one of nine state where is the disease has been reported. federal health officials say so far 105 people have been sickened by the outbreak. public health officials are trying to reach people who may have been injected by the contaminated shots. >> whether each and every vile was contaminated is not known. but certainly now we have an
increasing number of patients who are being reported as having this fungal meningitis. >> the outbreak has been linked to a specialty pharmacy in massachusetts. the nobel prize in medicine has been awarded to two scientists for their ground breaking stem cell research. the announcement was made yesterday that they will share the award. they discovered that stem cells can be used as so called blank slates to eventually regrow tissue from brains, hearts, and other organs. a soda machine that will help you count your calories. ashley morrison now in new york with that. >> security in athens is tight this morning as german chancellor angela merkel visits for talks with greek's prime -- greece's prime minister. police have cordoned off parliament to keep angry protesters are away.
protesters are upset over the strict austerity measures the government has put in place in order to secure a bailout. the biggest contributor to the greek rescue fund is germany. on monday, merkel said she will remind greece of europe's expectations towards economic reforms. markets in asia had a mixed day. tokyo's nikkei lost 1% while hong kong's hang seng gained half a percent. earnings season gets under way on wall street today. forecasts show corporate earnings will be weak and that led to a down day for investors. the dow slipped 26 points while the nasdaq was down 23. gas prices in california hit another all-time high on monday. the average price for a gallon of regular reached $4.67. analysts say the spike in prices is driven by disruptions at two refineries. drivers could see prices start to drop now that california's governor has ordered the early release of winter blend fuel. general motors is planning to hire up to 10,000 new workers here in the u.s.
gm will be looking for software programmers to develop applications and devices to put into its vehicles. the car maker will open new tech centers in austin, texas, and a detroit suburb along with two other locations. american express and walmart are teaming up to bring shoppers a prepaid card. bluebird acts like a checking account, but with no minimum balance or monthly or annual fees, users can add funds through direct deposit by taking a picture of a check or at any walmart register. the card can be used anywhere that accepts american express. and soda drinkers will have a little bit more to think about when they hit the vending machine. three of the leading soft drink companies will start rolling out vending machines that display calorie counts next year. the machines will also remind consumers to consider lower calorie drinks. the new machines will launch in chicago and san antonio before going out nationally. they just keep shaming us! >> i know. don't you think i already know
that i shouldn't have my third soda. >> of course we do. but it's denial and suppression that we're working with. >> ignorance is bliss is what i say. ashley morrison here in new york. appreciate it. thank you so much. coming up, your tuesday morning weather. and in sports, an acrobatic play at the plate as the yankees battle the orioles in game 2. at the plate as the yankees battle the orioles in game 2. so ditch the brown bag for something better. like our bacon ranch quesadillas or big mouth burger bites, served with soup or salad, and fries. starting at just 6 bucks, at chili's.
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mostly sunny in dallas, 81. cloudy in los angeles, 74. let's check your national forecast. an offshore storm brings rain up the east coast to maine. a cold front swings through the great lakes region. it will be dry in the west and south except for a few showers and thunderstorms in southern florida. in sports this morning, the orioles put the heat back on the yankees in the american league division series. at first, what a move at home by ichiro suh seay -- suzuki. he's safe. in the third, chris davis with a rocket to right to tie the series. the cards broke out the bats against the nationals. alan craig goes solo hitting one deep to left. carlos beltran hit two monster blasts. the third time he's homered twice in the postseason. the cardinals even the national league division series at one game each.
in football, the jets made a game of it against the texans. matt schaub made it look easy top first drive, tossing a 34-yard touchdown pass to wide open owen daniels. mark sanchez came back with a score. joe mcknight electrified the crowd, racing 100 yards for the score. not enough, though. the texans hang on to beat the jets 23-17 to remain undefeated. the world's fastest man and self-proclaimed living legend will be running in rio going for an olympic three-peat. usain bolt says he's going to race in the 2016 rio de janeiro games. in london this summer he became the first man to win the 100 and 200 meter sprints in back-to-back olympic games. miranda ferguson went on a flipping frenzy friday night, doing a record-breaking 35 backhand sprints.
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here's a look at the weather in some cities around the country. in d.c., mostly cloudy, 61. clouds then sun in atlanta, 69. in st. louis, 71. sunny in denver. partly sunny in seattle, 66 degrees. here we go. talk about a leap of faith. an extreme sky driver hopes to get ino the record book take. felix balm garner will lift off wearing a special pressurized
space suit and jump out of a capsule 23 miles above the earth. he can come down so fast he could become the first person outside of an airplane to break the sound barrier. he has already made jumps of 15 and 18 miles. hopefully third time's a charge. nasa and the air force will monitor today's jump. actors danny devito and rhea perlman are splitting up after 32 years of marriage. they were together on the sitcom "taxi" back in 1978. perlman is best known for playing carla on "cheers." devito currently stars in the comedy "it's always sunny in philadelphia." in london, no love lost between a stag and a man who drifted just a little too close to the herd. it appeared the man didn't know it was mating season, sparking the large animal's anger. it chased the fellow around the tree and he figured he better get up the tree. in case you're keeping score, that's stag 1, man 0.
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tonight it is do or die for the oakland a's. for oakland, a trip to the playoffs in the last decade is nothing new for the underdog team, featured in the movie "money ball." jim axelrod spoke with its manager, who broke the mold on thousand be a winning ball club. >> reporter: they are the poorest team in major league baseball. with a roster stocked with rookies and low-paid veterans, the oakland a's were pegged to finish last in their division. >> most people i think predicted that we would lose not only 100, maybe 110. so this has been satisfying. >> reporter: instead, they finished first. if what general manager billy beane has done sounds like a hollywood story, well, it already was. >> the problem we're trying to solve is that there are rich teams and there are poor teams. then there's 50 feet of crap. and then there's us. >> reporter: brad pitt played beane in "money ball."
it's a david and goliath tale of a gm with a small budget for salaries outthinking everyone else using a statistical formula to find winners among baseball's discards. you have to find undervalued players. >> you essentially have to have players whose performance is better than what we're paying them. >> reporter: beane's calculations led the a's to the playoffs five times between 2000 and 2006. that made many teams in baseball rethink how to stock their rosters and begin copying the a's blueprint. then the a's went five straight seasons without a winning record. at any point in the last five years were you thinking to yourself i may have lost my edge? >> no. i think during the time period you're talking about, people sort of wanted us to cry uncle, like you've got to change. >> reporter: he didn't change. he beat the bushes to find no names like jonny gomes and brandon moss. >> it's easy to buy a ferrari
and take it to the racetrack. >> reporter: would you agree with me there's not a lot of ferraris out there? >> 100%. there's not many at all. >> a lot of toyotas that get good mileage. >> reporter: the a's had a $55 million payroll. the yankees spent nearly $200 million and for all that money, they got just one more win. billy beane is now living a real life sequel. >> i don't remember the early years. those are bright years that i have to go back and read about them because i was so intense during that period. i was very young myself. and i don't think i really appreciated that winning is really hard. >> reporter: this time around, billy beane is enjoying all the fun that comes with winning. the only thing better than a hollywood ending is when it's real life. jim axelrod, cbs news, detroit. coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," a look at the latest poll numbers. we'll hear from rudy giuliani. plus, the investigation into
the deadly attack at the consulate in libya. more of an exclusive interview with a key witness in charge of security. and actor ben affleck tells us about his new movie "argo." that is the morning news for this tuesday. appreciate you watching. i'm terrell brown. take care, everybody. have a great day. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com